Meetings and notices for Jan. 22


Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 28) at the courthouse. Agenda includes: election of officers; Mills House location; draft BZA annual report; draft amendments BZA rules of procedure; discussion of Fort decision.

Piedmont Softball Association’s registration are now open for the spring season in Amissville. All area girls born between 1996 and 2009 are welcome. PSA offers regular-league play through tournament softball for beginners to advanced players. Registration is $50 to $55 (depending on girl’s age); scholarships for equipment and registration fees are always available. For more information and to register, visit or email Check the league out on Facebook, too.

Fruit School 2015 meets Thursday, Feb. 12, at Graves Mountain Lodge. Registration at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Extension agent Kenner Love at 540-675-3619.

4-H Camp 2015 registration begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Extension office in Washington. If there is a snow/weather delay, registration will be the next day. Registration forms will not be distributed until Tuesday, Jan. 27, and will not will not be accepted until Feb. 2, when they will be opened in the order they were received. In-person registrations have priority over those in the mail. Those who are unable to register in person are encouraged to have someone submit their registrations on their behalf. Each camper must have a completed registration and a $50 non-refundable deposit per camp. For more information, call 540-675-3619.

Festive Progressives meets at the Flint Hill Public House (675 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Flint Hill) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 22). There’s no sign up, fee or commitment. Just show up and enjoy the company. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, visit or call Ross O’Donoghue at 540-987-8019.

The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 26) at the Rappahannock County Library. Open to the public, with topics including a summary of 2014 activity and achievements and goals for 2015. RAWL members will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed slate of directors for 2015. Alternatively, proxy ballots were recently mailed to current RAWL members. For more information, call 540-937-3336 or visit

Blue Ridge Chorale youth chorus, under the direction of Cathy ter Weele, holds its first rehearsal of the spring season at 5:45 p.m. Monday (Jan. 26) at Open Door Baptist Church. Spring’s program will focus on the songs of George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. Email or call 540-947-3408 for more information.

Shenandoah National Park will, as requested by park neighbors, hold an additional public meeting on the park’s proposed Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) response plan. The meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Ave., Front Royal. National Park Service wildlife veterinarian and CWD expert Jenny Powers will present the history and biology of the disease, and the park’s chief of natural and cultural resources, Jim Schaberl, will present the park’s proposed plan. Park Superintendent Jim Northup will be available to answer questions, as will experts from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Following the meeting, the park will reopen the comment period for eight days. The park’s proposed response plan amendment calls for the lethal removal of deer within specific developed areas of the park to reduce the likelihood of CWD establishment and decrease its progression.The draft plan is available for review and comment online at For more on CWD, visit

The Winter Vegetable School, with Extension specialists, agents and subject matter experts from VDACS and NRCS, is Feb. 23 at the Warrenton-Fauquier County Visitors Center (33 N. Calhoun St., Warrenton). Learn about niche crops, IPM and pest management, pesticide and food safety, soil management and marketing. Registration fee ($25, plus $10 for each additional immediate family member) includes materials, lunch and refreshments and is due by Feb. 13. Call 540-675-3619 for a registration form to be mailed or for more information.

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center offers a 20-hour basic course in mediation and conflict resolution skills in Warrenton from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 22) and 8 to 5 Friday and Saturday (Jan. 23-24). The interactive course teaches practical, effective mediation skills applicable in general district court and many arenas requiring conflict resolution, interest-based negotiation, reflective listening, facilitation and structured problem-solving. PDRC executive director Lawrie Parker leads the course, certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The cost is $350. (Rebates are available to prospective community mediators). Contact PDRC at 540-347-6650 or for more information.

The Northern Piedmont Beekeepers Association (NPBA) will again host a seven-week class 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 3, at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville, for those interested in becoming beekeepers. The “Meet-and-Greet” event for students is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Verdun. Texts, handouts and a one-year membership in NPBA are included in the fee of $100 per person or family. Registration is open; class size is limited and fills quickly each year. Information and the registration form are available at or by contacting Karen Hunt at or 540-937-4792. NPBA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization serving Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange and Madison counties.

Old Rag Master Naturalists, a Virginia Master Naturalist chapter serving Madison, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Greene, Orange and western Fauquier counties, is accepting applications for its 2015 class. Training, which will be on Wednesday evenings beginning in March, is $140; apply by Jan. 31. For additional information, or to receive an application, visit, call Bill Clark at 540-364-0296, email or write to Old Rag Master Naturalists, General Delivery, Syria, Virginia 22743.

The Blue Ridge Running Club meets 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at Belle Meade School. The next meeting is Jan. 27. The club is open to ages 10 and up, of all skill and experience levels. The fee is $50 per family. Workouts include endurance, speed and hill training. For more information, contact coach Alex Forte at 203-615-4459 or

Caregivers Support Group meets 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Thursday of each month at Reynolds Baptist Church in Sperryville. The next meeting is Feb. 5. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or

The Rappahannock County Relay for Life committee meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Washington Baptist Church. The next meeting is Feb. 10. Those interested can register online at For more information, contact Karen Williams (540-635-4673), Phyllis Grogg (540-364-2640) or Ellen Timbers (540-987-8402).

The Knit Wit Yarn Shop’s Sit-n-Knit now meets 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the shop’s new home: 45 Main Street in Sperryville (between Hopkins Ordinary B&B and the post office). All knitters are welcome, beginners to advanced. Bring your current project or start a new one. For more information, call the shop at 540-987-8251.

The Order of Daughters of the King, a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to prayer, service and evangelism, meets at 9 p.m. the first and third Saturday of every month at St. Stephen’s (third floor above the Food Closet) in Culpeper. The next meeting is Feb. 7.. For more information, call 540-825-8786 or visit

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